TULSA, Okla. — EMSA issued a Heat Alert Sunday after responding to at least 5 suspected heat-related calls in the Tulsa area.
Officials updated the alert at 5:45 p.m. after responding to those calls within a 24-hour period.
EMSA issued the warning with the following tips for people in the area dealing with the heat:
With extreme temperatures forecast through mid-week, EMSA is urging citizens to make a plan to stay safe over the next several days. Plan the amount of time you think will be outdoors and take appropriate amounts of water or other fluids with you, even if just planning for a short amount of outdoor time. Emergencies can happen and you could be stranded outdoors longer than expected. Always have a cell phone with you to call 911, if needed.
Tips for staying healthy in the heat:
- PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness
- Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to (and during long exposure) to the summer heat
- No alcohol or caffeine
- NEVER leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing (the color does make a difference)
- Grab a wide-brimmed hat if working outdoors
- Take plenty of breaks in the shade or inside
- If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day
- Also, don't limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.
- Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
The following cooling stations are open for business until further notice:
The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon – 9:00 p.m.
Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 a.m. – 8:00 .pm.
Dial 2-1-1 for locations, hours and other information. Dial 2-1-1 for information on applying for a window unit air conditioner or other resources.
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